Students Can Be Awesome


| December/January 1999



Maynard

In this issue, teacher Dominic Centonze shares the story of this restored Maynard, a project of his gas technology class at Eastern Lebanon County High School in Pennsylvania.

Eastern Lebanon County High School 180 Elco Drive, Myerstown, PA 17067

I still remember that famous house visit Josiah Leinbach made last spring on a sunny Sunday afternoon. My church attire was just retired to the closet hanger when the doorbell rang.

'Who can be ringing the bell at this time?,' I wondered.

'Mr. Centonze, come quickly. We found an old engine for you in a small shed near the high school.' Josiah recently graduated from Eastern Lebanon County High School. I was his gas engine technology instructor in our Agriculture Department. Josiah, like me, shared a similar passion: fixing engines.

Within five minutes we pulled into the driveway of an older home. Junk was scattered everywhere. Walking through that yard was like going through a maze. Two younger fellows emerged from the rear of the house, apparently on work break. 'My grandmother lived here for a long time. I guess I am the only one in the family willing to help clean this darn place up,' defended the taller guy. The other person stood only a few feet away, too busy drinking from a beer can to be involved in the conversation.

Josiah interrupted, 'Show us that engine you dragged out of the shed earlier.' Around the corner we trotted and practically stumbled over it as it sat dormant in the middle of the walkway, a small engine with faded red paint and remnants of a decal. I knelt down and immediately played with the flywheels.